A federal (Health Resources & Services Administration - HRSA) grant was written and funded for $200,000. The purpose of this grant is to formalize a consortium of organizations to address opioid use disorder in our region. It is a planning grant, with the purpose of encouraging organizations to work with other organizations in their regions to identify needs; what prevention, treatment, and recovery capacities already exist; and where the gaps in capacity exist. Strategic planning will take place to develop a workforce to address the gaps.

The Holy Friendship Collaborative will apply for an “implementation” grant through HRSA. All of the organizations that received planning grants are encouraged to apply for continued funding to implement the ideas that they have planned. This will be several years of funding to continue developing programs and networks facilitated by the HFC.